Team

Our fantastic team

Our team combines more than 130 years of engineering experience. Our management team includes several successful entrepreneurs with proven experience in building great companies. Our commercial team has a long experience in business development, operations and technical sales which will help us explore and realise new business opportunities and enter successful partnerships around the Friend Cloud, making it into a thriving ecosystem.

  • Arne Peder Blix
    Founder and CEO
    Arne Peder Blix
    Founder and CEO
    Successfully grown several startups into multi million dollar companies, primarily in the Fintech space.
    Hogne Titlestad
    Founder / Chief Architect / Chief Operations Officer
    Hogne Titlestad
    Founder / Chief Architect / Chief Operations Officer
    Visionary programmer. Has developed numerous amazing projects and invented Friend OS.
    Thomas Wollburg
    Chief Technology Officer
    Thomas Wollburg
    Chief Technology Officer
    Seasoned developer with 20 years experience in delivering leading solutions.
    Jolanda Engelvaart
    CFO / Chairman
    Jolanda Engelvaart
    CFO / Chairman
    Accounting & Finance professional with more than 10 years experience.
    David Pleasance
    International Sales and Marketing
    David Pleasance
    International Sales and Marketing
    Highly experienced sales & marketing veteran on an international level. Past; Head of Commodore UK.
    Espen Olsen
    Software Engineer
    Espen Olsen
    Software Engineer
    Engineering career started with LEGO. Amiga500 was his first computer. Main developer of Friend Chat.
    Paweł Stefański
    Software Engineer
    Paweł Stefański
    Software Engineer
    Early into computer technology. Past; Schneider Electric, Airbus, ING. Main developer of Friend Core.
    Chris Andre Strømland
    Software Engineer
    Chris Andre Strømland
    Software Engineer
    Experienced web developer with a passion for decentralized systems. Creator of Friend Community.
    Fritz Fjellaker
    Art Director
    Fritz Fjellaker
    Art Director
    Years of experience within art, advertisment and communication. With passion for life.
    Colin Proudfoot
    Financial Advisor
    Colin Proudfoot
    Financial Advisor
    Successful executive with multi billion companies and startups. Over 30 years in high tech.
    Anneke Leigh
    Business Advisor
    Anneke Leigh
    Business Advisor
    Experienced executive leader, known for ‘getting stuff done’; passion for mentoring people.
    Liat Perlman
    Business Advisor
    Liat Perlman
    Business Advisor
    Sales and alliance leader. Builds ecosystems that deliver revenue, seats, influence and brand.
    Barry Kirk
    Business Advisor
    Barry Kirk
    Business Advisor
    Senior experienced entrepreneur with over 40years in legacy software. with passion for solving challenges.
    Dan Wood
    Media Manager - Europe/UK
    Dan Wood
    Media Manager - Europe/UK
    Experienced Broadcaster and Communicator. Translates technology into something everybody understands.
    Torbjørn Rott
    Project manager
    Torbjørn Rott
    Project manager
    Experienced systems architect and entrepreneur. With passion for the simple life and family.
    Ioana Berbec
    Consultant
    Ioana Berbec
    Consultant
    Ioana has broad experience with software testing and is responsible for testing and documentation.
    Nathan Scrivens
    Advisor
    Nathan Scrivens
    Advisor

Advisors

Our core team enjoys the great support of capable advisors with a broad range of expertise and experience.

  • Nimit Chawat
    Advisor
    Nimit Chawat
    Advisor
    A growth leader with a track record of building trusted diverse teams delivering value and exceeding targets with an excellent client satisfaction.
    Mikko Terho
    CTO Mobile Software and Site Manager Finland R&D, Huawei
    Mikko Terho
    CTO Mobile Software and Site Manager Finland R&D, Huawei
    Global responsibility for Huawei mobile OS strategies and widely considered and exceptional visionary
    Owen Barnes
    Blockchain Advisor
    Owen Barnes
    Blockchain Advisor
    Loves to create beautiful products that surprise and delight. Main skill is seeing how something *should* work.
    Jens Guthe
    Partner at GK Banking Partners
    Jens Guthe
    Partner at GK Banking Partners
    Senior banker, consultant & manager with over 30 years of International and banking experience.
    Mark Turrell
    WEF advisor on Blockchain
    Mark Turrell
    WEF advisor on Blockchain
    Expert in strategy and business planning, With more than 10 years experience in the sector.
    Eric Egnet
    Executive Advisor / CIO
    Eric Egnet
    Executive Advisor / CIO
    Seasoned executive, business strategist, senior technologist, and blockchain leader.
    Pekka Abrahamsson
    Professor of Information Systems at University of Jyväskylä
    Pekka Abrahamsson
    Professor of Information Systems at University of Jyväskylä
    Alexander Bakos Leirvåg
    Innovator at Grid Labs / Norwegian Ethereum pioneer
    Alexander Bakos Leirvåg
    Innovator at Grid Labs / Norwegian Ethereum pioneer
    Passionate about data science and enjoy the challenge of getting value out of data.
    Tyron Joo
    Blockchain advisor
    Tyron Joo
    Blockchain advisor
    Country Manager (South Korea) for ICOBOX and an experienced Asian market specialist. Definitely not content with “simply moving things along”.
    Caradoc Peters
    College Lecturer at University of Plymouth
    Caradoc Peters
    College Lecturer at University of Plymouth
    Christoffer Herheim
    Business advisor
    Christoffer Herheim
    Business advisor
    Business professional, previously Senior Advisor at Equatex global for corporate finance & development.
    David Levy
    Communications advisor
    David Levy
    Communications advisor
    David is a veteran digital and high-tech marketer with a depth of experience from journalism, consumer digital advertising, market intelligence and direct response.